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[bair] /bɛər/
adjective, barer, barest.
without covering or clothing; naked; nude:
bare legs.
without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.:
bare walls.
open to view; unconcealed; undisguised:
his bare dislike of neckties.
unadorned; bald; plain:
the bare facts.
(of cloth) napless or threadbare.
scarcely or just sufficient; mere:
the bare necessities of life.
Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.
verb (used with object), bared, baring.
to open to view; reveal or divulge:
to bare one's arms; to bare damaging new facts.
Origin of bare1
before 900; Middle English; Old English bær; cognate with Old Frisian ber, Dutch baar, Old Saxon, Old High German, German bar, Old Norse berr, Lithuanian bãsas barefoot, Russian bos; akin to Armenian bok naked
Related forms
barish, adjective
bareness, noun
1. undressed. 2. plain, stark, empty, barren. Bare, stark, barren share the sense of lack or absence of something that might be expected. Bare, the least powerful in connotation of the three, means lack of expected or usual coverings, furnishings, or embellishments: bare floor, feet, head. Stark implies extreme severity or desolation and resultant bleakness or dreariness: a stark landscape; a stark, emotionless countenance. Barren carries a strong sense of sterility and oppressive dullness: barren fields; a barren relationship. 6. See mere1 . 8. uncover, expose.
1. covered. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bareness
Historical Examples
  • The whitewashed walls were so painfully bare and staring that she thought they must ache over their own bareness.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The little white-curtained room was bareness and neatness itself.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Shall we say, then, that bareness is natural to the mountain?

  • And he liked East Wellmouth, bareness and bleakness and lonesomeness and all.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But the drifting leaves hid the bareness, and magic covered everything.

  • No doubt this is a partial explanation of the bareness of American politics.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • Her feet were bare, and their bareness was only a revelation of greater beauty, so perfect was their arched slenderness.

    Lodusky Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • When I say the bareness I mean the absence of woods and hedges.

  • His big head was quite bald, and the bareness of his forehead only served to make his bushy eyebrows more prominent.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • The room was not large, but its bareness of furniture made it appear so.

    Mary Barton Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for bareness


unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothing: a bare tree
lacking appropriate furnishings, etc: a bare room
unembellished; simple: the bare facts
(prenomial) just sufficient; mere: he earned the bare minimum
with one's bare hands, without a weapon or tool
(transitive) to make bare; uncover; reveal
Derived Forms
bareness, noun
Word Origin
Old English bær; compare Old Norse berr, Old High German bar naked, Old Slavonic bosǔ barefoot


(archaic) a past tense of bear1
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Word Origin and History for bareness

early 15c., from bare (adj.) + -ness.



Old English bær "naked, uncovered, unclothed," from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (cf. German bar, Old Norse berr, Dutch baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok "naked;" Old Church Slavonic bosu, Lithuanian basas "barefoot"). Meaning "sheer, absolute" (c.1200) is from the notion of "complete in itself."


Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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